"If a saddle truly fits...." [Help/Opinions]

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    02-15-2012, 02:37 AM
"If a saddle truly fits...." [Help/Opinions]

This is just something I've heard that I thought I would share to get your guys' opinions on if it is correct or not.

Honestly I don't even remember where I heard it. Lol, I've always judged saddle fit just by seeing it. I've never had any saddle fit problems, but this might actually make my life easier.

Anyway, supposedly, if your saddle really fits you should be able to pull yourself up with the cinch completely loose.

Well, I took it out and tried it on Bailey. I didn't even do up the cinch and I could pull myself up without the saddle slipping at all.

So, opinions?

If anyone cares this is Bailey wearing the saddle. (Her and her fatarse self)

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    02-15-2012, 03:01 AM
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Um, not possible.

I've heard that too and I have to believe that whoever came up with that idea never had anything to do with a truly wide horse. That might be possible on a well-withered narrow horse that has a lot to hold the saddle on with but on a mutton-withered wide horse, good luck buddy!

I mean, both of Lacey's saddles fit her great (they both could be a hair wider in a perfect world but there's really no such thing as too wide with Lacey, she has them all beat in the wide department so there's no such thing as "a hair wider") but I'm in trouble if I tried to ride without a breastcollar and crupper over hilly terrain. On flat ground, they're fine sans attachments but on the hills, oh boy.
And without a mounting block, forget getting on without pulling the saddle over! Even fully cinched up.
She just doesn't have much for the saddle to "grab" on to. I'm pretty sure that the reason I don't know anything about her mother is that her mother was literally a barrel and her conception was an act of God.

I would probably fully die if I tried to mount up from the ground without doing up her cinch/girth...

Speaking of saddle fit, (Bailey's super cute by the way!!) that saddle you have on Bailey looks a little snug in the shoulder area. Boy, do I know that issue! Is it FQHB? If it's not FQHB, I might try try a FQHB on her just to see. Just thought I'd mention it... :)
    02-15-2012, 03:37 AM
Yeah its full quarter bars. She's lost some weight since then (I can tell because the fat rolls that accumluated around the cinch are disappearing...very, very slowly) but for christ's sake that horse has her own category of fat. I'm calling it "Flubber" from now on.

[p.s. I'm fooling myself into thinking that if she got back in shape the saddle would magically fit her. Just humor me for a bit )
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    02-15-2012, 03:42 AM
Flubber! Too bad you can't make some money off of that.

Don't call her fat, she's . . . "Fluffy".
    02-15-2012, 06:01 AM
That may well be true with a well fitted western saddle and a high withered horse.

However, I'm pretty sure you'd end on the ground wearing the saddle as a hat if you tried to mount an unfastened english saddle no matter how perfectly fitted to the horse it may be.
    02-15-2012, 06:47 AM
I am also thinking the person who came up with that was not a fluffy person themselves :)
    02-15-2012, 02:53 PM
Originally Posted by mildot    
That may well be true with a well fitted western saddle and a high withered horse.

However, I'm pretty sure you'd end on the ground wearing the saddle as a hat if you tried to mount an unfastened english saddle no matter how perfectly fitted to the horse it may be.
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    02-16-2012, 12:34 AM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Challenge = Accepted
I hope it will be video taped
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    02-16-2012, 01:03 AM
Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
I hope it will be video taped
Oh but of course. ;D
    02-16-2012, 01:18 AM
I am even excited about this one!!! :)

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